Sunday, 16 November 2014

Call for Papers IJCNN 2015 Special Session "Cognition and Development"

Special Session for IEEE IJCNN 2015.

Updated submission deadline: 5 February, 2015.

Aim and Scope

The special session aims at the presentation of the latest models and results in the investigation of developmental issues in cognitive development and their application to computational and robotics models. In particular it encourages submissions on neural computation and cognitive robotics models of sensorimotor, cognitive and social development inspired by our understanding of human development. These include evolutionary and developmental models of the origins of intrinsic motivation, perceptual and motor development, social learning and interaction, imitation, acquisition of communicative and linguistic skills, and reasoning.

Scientific challenges addressed by these models include: What are the mechanisms that allow a child (and a robot) to develop autonomously cognitive capabilities? How does the social and physical environment, with which the child interacts, shape and scaffold the child’s developing cognitive skills and knowledge? What is the relative contribution of Nature and Nurture in the development of human and machine intelligence? What do qualitative stages during development, and body and brain maturational changes, tell us about the mechanisms and principles supporting development?

The special session also encourages submissions from the empirical developmental science disciplines, such as child psychology, developmental linguistics and neuroscience, and interdisciplinary approaches to cognition and development.

A special issue in the journal IEEE Transaction in Autonomous Mental Development will be organised, as a follow-up of the special session.

List of Main Topics

  • Developmental robotics
  • epigenetic robotics
  • neuro-robotics
  • bio-inspired and cognitive robotics
  • cognitive modelling
  • intrinsic motivation
  • sensorimotor development
  • cognitive development
  • social development
  • language acquisition

Important Dates:

  • Paper submission UPDATED: February 15, 2015
  • Paper decision notification: March 15, 2015 
  • Camera-ready submission: April 15, 2015

Other info:

All papers submitted to the special sessions will be subject to the same peer-review procedure as regular papers, accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

Perspective authors will submit their papers through the IJCNN2015 conference submission system at

Please make sure to select the Special Session "Cognition and Development" (under "S. SPECIAL SESSION TOPICS") as the "Main Research topic" of your submission;

Templates and instruction for authors will be provided on the IJCNN submission webpage


Alessandro Di Nuovo, University of Plymouth, UK & University of Enna “Kore”, Italy
Matt Schlesinger, University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale, USA
Angelo Cangelosi, University of Plymouth, UK

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